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Eagle County updates its alert system

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Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE, Colorado – The Eagle County Alert System has a new look.

“In response to the results of a recently conducted survey of ECAlert users we have made some modifications to the alerts we offer,” said Barry Smith, Eagle County’s emergency management director. “The primary purpose of this system will always be to provide timely and accurate emergency notifications and warnings to the residents and visitors of Eagle County.”

Smith said that a 2002 wildfire in the Wildridge area of Avon demonstrated the need for ways to provide public warning in addition to the 911 call-back system or knocking on doors.

The system menu has been developed and will continue to evolve based upon subscriber input, Smith said.

The most recent modifications are listed below.

• Special Events group – upcoming events, locations, special access instructions, etc. can be distributed.

• Business Alert group – business owners/operators can sign up to receive important business related information such as a suspect passing counterfeit money.

• School facilities – parents can receive up-to-date school information, such as delayed school starting times.

• Traffic Alert times – the time options for receiving traffic related alerts for roads in Eagle County have changed from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The 24-hour a day option is still available.

Smith said the county encourages people to subscribe to alerts from surrounding areas through the following websites:

• Colorado Department of Transportation: https://service.govdelivery.com

• Summit County: http://www.scalert.org/register.php

• Garfield County: http://www.garco911.org/disclaimer.html

• Pitkin County: http://www.pitkinalert.org/register.php

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